Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries that has gained a lot of people’s trust and interest in the last two decades. The success of physicians in performing liposuction has been effective in the growth and development of this procedure and a wide range of people became interested in this practice and became very eager to do it.
Even though liposuction has had many therapeutic and cosmetic successes, it is better to attend consultation sessions before liposuction and try to achieve all the necessary information in these sessions, and ask all the questions you want from your surgeon. Choosing the right surgeon and being able to communicate properly to achieve your goals is vital to the procedure.
In the first stage, after sufficient research, you plan to visit and consult with an approved cosmetic surgeon with a subspecialty board.
During your initial consultation:
In this session, you will have the opportunity to explain your goals and expectations from the operation. Talk and ask about your goals, risks, benefits, and costs and clear up all your ambiguities. It is best to ask your surgeon questions that will open your eyes to liposuction so that you can make an informed decision. For your convenience, we have compiled the 10 most common and frequently asked questions that you should ask your surgeon before liposuction.
Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight-loss technique, but a way to shape the body and reduce fat deposits that some people cannot reduce despite a healthy diet and exercise. The surgeon cannot remove more than 10 pounds of fat. Fat can lead to serious complications if removed in excess. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and is not performed on obese or overweight patients. Liposuction is great for those who are losing weight naturally but are always dealing with a small area of fat and cannot melt it naturally.
During liposuction, the amount of fat accumulated in the treated areas will be very low because Liposuction removed the fat cells from that area already, according to the liposuction specialist. In any case, the weight will mostly contribute to the non-treated areas and re-obesity is doubtful and occurs all over the body. However, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise is essential, as significant weight gain can cause residual fat to increase in size in the treated areas.
The major complications of liposuction are shock and embolism, which are very rare. These risks can be prevented if the necessary precautions are taken. Complications include asymmetry, irregularity, and discoloration of the skin that can be completely corrected.
Liposuction is not an effective way to treat cellulite. Although by reducing the volume of fat in certain areas, removing the fibrous bands (septa), and helping to empty the lymph nodes, significant improvements can be made in reducing cellulite, they do not completely disappear. Mild cellulite may disappear after liposuction, although important areas of cellulite are not affected.
Liposuction is performed on any part of the body where there is an accumulation of fat, such as the abdomen, buttocks, legs, ankles, knees, arms, face, etc. Besides, liposuction is used as part of a fat transplant to create adipose tissue. To do this, the surgeon removes fats and uses them to shape other areas of the body as a way to increase volume.
This depends on the number of suction areas and the volume of fat removed and the patient’s pain tolerance. Generally, you will return to your normal life between 7-10 days after the operation. It might take about a month to get back to normal work like before, even though swelling may persist.
The type of anesthesia depends on the areas to be treated, as well as the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the preferences of the patient and the surgeon. Local anesthesia can be used to remove very small, localized accumulation of fat cells (double chin, pubic area) as well as to add fat to increase volume with autologous fat. General anesthesia is used in cases where the operation is performed on large and scattered areas of the body. Epidural anesthesia may be used for areas of the lower abdomen and lower limbs.
Liposuction, especially in the first few days, can cause pain and discomfort. The most severe pain occurs in the first week after surgery and is usually not very severe or debilitating (although the perception of pain varies from person to person), pain is usually controlled with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. After the first week, the pain subsides so much that you usually would not need to continue taking painkillers. The patient can resume normal life about 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
No. Immediately after surgery, there is significant inflammation that subsides in the first few weeks. After a month, you can see certain changes. However, as the inflammation resolves slowly, permanent results appear after about 6 months. Therefore, if you have chosen this action, you must be patient and the results of liposuction can last for many years if you follow a healthy diet and exercise program.
For most people, yes, but for every patient to be satisfied with the outcome, they need to have realistic expectations of treatment. Dissatisfaction with the results of liposuction is usually due to a lack of knowledge about the surgical procedure or lack of information about your goals of liposuction. Some people also expect liposuction to be a miraculous procedure, which is not the case.
That is why it is very important to have an initial evaluation by an experienced surgeon, who intends to perform this operation. The surgeon should be very good at explaining the advantages, disadvantages, possible complications, and realistic results to patients undergoing liposuction.